Improved BD- 4
In celebration of the BD- 4’s 40th anniversary, BedeCorp of Medina, Ohio, has introduced an updated version of its homebuilt: the BD-4C. BedeCorp designers integrated numerous changes in the BD-4C, mainly to simplify construction. Features include a roomier cabin and
a longer fuselage, giving back-seat passengers more room.
A state-of-the-art all-glass cockpit has been added for improved visibility and streamlined aesthetics. Other design
features include BedeCorp’s new all-metal wing with honeycomb ribs. Learn more by calling 330-239-1468 or send
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New Eclipse Aerospace Open for Business By James Wynbrandt
Eclipse Aerospace, the new company formed from the bankrupt assets of Eclipse Aviation, opened for business on September 1, 2009. The new owners
acquired the assets for $40 million in bankruptcy court
and are focusing on caring for the 260 Eclipse 500 twin
jets built before production ended in 2008.
“We’re excited that Eclipse is back up and running,” said
Mason Holland, chairman and president of Eclipse Aerospace. “Our key focus is to support the customers. Short-term goals are first to get parts out to the fleet as soon as
possible, and then modifications and upgrades.”
Mike Press, vice president and owner of E-500 serial
number 4, said the upgrades will be performed at two
company service centers, one already operational at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) and another soon to open
at the company’s base at Albuquerque International Sun-port Airport (ABQ).
“We have basically five main upgrades that we’re
working on,” Press said. They include installations of
avionics software, ETT (extended tip tanks), and capability for flight into known icing (FIKI).
Ken Ross, president of Eclipse Aerospace’s Service Di-
vision, will oversee the upgrade program. The former
owner of North American Jet, a Chicago-based charter
company that operates E-500s, Ross has already overseen the upgrades of several aircraft and anticipates
strong demand for the upgrades, which will support the
company while funding is sought to restart the E-500
“We know the product; we know the airplane,” Holland said. “It needs to be back into production; it needs
to be supported. We decided somebody has to do it. In
April, we went to 27 cities in 15 days and sat down with
plane owners, pilots, and depositors, and we couldn’t
find a single person who didn’t love the plane.”
The response from Eclipse Aviation’s former suppliers
has also been encouraging. “We’re in the process of engaging each and every one of the vendors,” Holland said.
“They want to work, like anybody else.”
The Eclipse Aerospace principals spoke with EAA President Tom Poberezny in early September to share their
plans for resurrecting the company. “We probably will
be at AirVenture next year,” said Holland. “We want to
be involved with EAA and keep that relationship going.”
Southern Precision Components Inc. has come out with a new wireless, battery-operated, handheld tire pressure and temperature monitor. Sensors crew onto the valve stems and send information to the handheld LCD monitor. Pressures can be read as psi, kPa, bar, or kg/cm². Temperatures can be read in Fahrenheit or Celsius. For more information, visit
www.SouthernPrecisionComponents.com or call 706-376-7308.
Tire Pressure/Temperature Monitor